Bengeo Field Summer Challenge

love_bengeo_ident_200We are delighted to launch our Bengeo Field Summer Challenge. You are invited to join us for a number of Stop Bengeo Quarry events throughout this summer. At each event you will be able to collect a stamp on your personalised loyalty card. Those who collect the most stamps will be entered into a prize draw and the prizes are amazing – in both children and adult categories. More information about forthcoming events will be announced on our website and Facebook page.

BENGEO FIELD DISCOVERY WALK

And why not start the the Bengeo Field Summer Challenge at the first event – on Sunday 19 th June. It couldn’t be easier – you need to turn up at the Sacombe Rd Park (between the Wick and Buckwells Field) to get your map and challenge instructions for the Discovery Walk. The start is between 10-10.45. The map will guide you through the Bengeo Field and all 8 challenges on the way. You will need to bring: a camera/mobile, a pen/pencil (we will have spare), and a drink. You can also bring a ribbon/decoration for the lonely oak tree. The walk will be approximately 45-60 mins (there is a longer and shorter option) and you will finish back at Sacombe Rd Park. Once you complete the Discovery Walk you will receive a Bengeo Field Summer Challenge card with your first stamp!

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Bengeo Quarry Campaign Gets Set For a Summer of Fun

The campaign against proposals for a quarry just over 300 metres from Bengeo Primary School is gathering momentum with a summer of activities being planned.

Plans are underway for Bengeo Field Fun Day on Sunday 10th July with live music from local bands, food and drink and activities for all ages including a fancy dress competition and the Great Bengeo Bake Off. The event will take place on the playing fields of Bengeo Primary School between 12 and 4pm. There will also be an opportunity to talk to local councillors about the quarry proposals.

In the meantime, this Sunday (19th June) will see supporters have another chance to walk the field and take part in a treasure trail beginning at Sacombe Rd park at 10am. The route should take around an hour and everyone is welcome. Treasure maps can be bought on the day.

The campaign has gained support across Hertford and surrounding villages and it is now pleased to announce that Chapmore End Association has joined the campaign.

So far more than 870 letters of objection have been sent to planning officers at Hertfordshire County Council, but there is still an opportunity to voice your objection.

Why Fundraising

Stop Bengeo Quarry campaign has so far been run at next to no cost, thanks to the generosity and commitment of all involved. Even most printing was done for free. To ensure adequate funding for a professional planning consultant to represent our communities and to provide the finance to pay for very specific investigations and research, we need your financial support. Any donation, large or small, will be most gratefully received. At the moment we are asking for your support through fundraising events.

If you have any experience in fundraising, or have any ideas which can help the campaign, please contact us via our website.

Thank you for your fantastic support to stop the Bengeo quarry.

Bengeo Field Discovery Walk

The field needs your help! Make it your mission to use Bengeo Field this summer. Join us on Sunday 19th June (Fathers’ Day) for a fun treasure trail starting at Sacombe Road park between 10-10.45 am. The walk will take a maximum of one hour. You can buy a treasure trail map and use it over the next few weeks.

We are also launching a Summer Bengeo Field Challenge and would love every family in Bengeo to make it their mission to use the field at least once over the summer: walk/cycle/ride, check in at the old oak tree and post your pics to Facebook… The more we use the field, the better!

Suggested donations for the treasure trail map: £2 per adult, £5 per family (2 adults, 3 children). All profits to the campaign.

Participants will receive a map with the route options and a treasure hunt/nature discovery instructions. Please bring your mobile or a camera and a ribbon to decorate the oak tree (optional). Don’t forget a drink. All children will need to be under their parents’ supervision.

Civic Society Submit Objection

HCS_logoHertford Civic Society has formally submitted its objections to the proposed quarry.

In their letter to the County Council they highlight an insufficient demand for gravel, the condition of the mothballed neighbouring quarry at Rickneys, and the “long-term despoliation of extensive tracts of land“.

The Society also comment on traffic, dust and the council’s ability to enforcement planning conditions.

Click the link below to read the full letter:
» Civic Society Letter

Environment Agency Respond

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The Environment Agency has issued a written response to the planned gravel quarry north of Bengeo.

In their submission they raise a number of concerns about potential harm to the water environment, suggesting that planning permission only be granted subject to a number of conditions. The agency highlights that the site lies in a highly sensitive groundwater protection area.

The EA also advise that an Environmental Permit  must be obtained separately to any planning permission granted, and may not be granted given the sensitivity of the location.

They further note that the proposed use of water for the wheel-washing of vehicles and dust suppression requires a source of water, which may not be available.  They point out that the local licensing strategy for the Upper Lee indicates that “there is no water available for licensing”.

The agency go on to highlight other concerns regarding air quality, emissions, road sweeping and road surfaces.

You can read the agency’s response by clicking the link below.

» Environment Agency Response

Introducing the Stop Bengeo Quarry Treasurers

We are pleased to announce that we have now appointed Claire Cumberland as Treasurer and Alan Sewell as Deputy Treasurer. Both Claire and Alan are local Bengeo residents. Claire has previous experience as a bank manager and Alan is a qualified accountant who currently acts as Treasurer for Molewood Residents’ Association. We are all completely committed to keeping the Stop Bengeo Quarry accounts clear and transparent and Claire and Alan will ensure finances are handled appropriately.

We have agreed some basic principles on financial management, and these include the following:

  • No member of the campaign shall receive remuneration from the SBQ Group, with the exception of out of pocket expenses.
  • All funds will be lodged in the Group’s bank account. Any funds paid out will be authorised by the Treasurer or Deputy Treasurer and signed for by one other Officer of the SBQ Group.
  • Funds will be paid out for properly incurred expenses and also to pay for professional advice to support the activity of the Group.
  • The Group will keep proper accounts of the finances. An independent financial examiner will annually audit the accounts.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Hundreds put their best foot forward in support of Bengeo quarry campaign

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More than 300 supporters joined in the walk from Bengeo to Chapmore End in support of the campaign to stop approval being given to a quarry in the heart of Bengeo countryside.

Residents of all ages gathered by the old oak tree in the field behind Bengeo Nurseries to make their views known on the application to turn the field into a gravel pit for the next 15 years. Children decorated the tree with ribbons, posters and poems and the procession then made their way across the byway to Chapmore End. The Woodman Pub then hosted a barbecue and live music was kindly provided by local musicians, with Bengeo Primary School pupil Jakub Pickering kicking off proceedings, followed by Bengeo resident Harold Chaplin, Piping Shrikes, Daisy Mae Lewis, Schrodinger’s Strings and Mike Excell. Councillor Andrew Stevenson thanked the crowds for coming and pledged his support for the campaign.

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Cllr.Stevenson Updates Campaign

County Councillor Andrew Stevenson met last Friday with representatives from Stop Bengeo Quarry, Bengeo Primary School and Molewood and Chapmore End Residents’ Associations: Nick Gough (Chairman of MRA), Libby Mountford (Head of Governors), Russell Norris (CEA), David Adam (Parent Governor), Mark Lynch, Katharine Elliot, and Aska Pickering.

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Andrew updated us on the current status of the quarrying application and helped us understand the details of how the process works. At the last count, around 600 letters had been received and the planning officer, Felicity Hart, is now in the process of collating the points raised and deciding if further investigation is required. When all the investigations are complete, the planning officer will make a refuse/allow recommendation to the Development Control Committee, who will then make the final decision at a public meeting at County Hall. As yet, we don’t know the time of the DCC meeting – September or October seem likely, but there could be delays. Obviously we’ll will pass that information on as soon as it is available.

On the “further investigation” front, Andrew was able to tell us that:

  • Public Health England are being consulted about potential risks from dust
  • HCC will be arranging their own landscape assessment
  • the Environment Agency are being consulted about risks to the Wadesmill Road borehole.